Energy Costs Controlled for Commercial Buildings with New Advanced, Integrated Lighting and HVAC Automation System

  Energy Costs Controlled for Commercial Buildings with New Advanced,
  Integrated Lighting and HVAC Automation System

  *GE Lighting and Trane collaborate to bring facility managers an advanced
    centralized building automation system to control energy costs in
    commercial buildings

Business Wire

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio -- April 23, 2013

Building owners looking for strategies to control costs for the largest
consumers of energy in commercial buildings – heating, ventilation and air
conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting – now have a new solution. GE
Lighting (NYSE: GE) and Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), are
announcing a new way for building owners to apply advanced control strategies
for lighting, heating and cooling operations with solutions backed by the most
well-known names in the industry.

GE’s LightSweep™ Modular Lighting Control Solution can now be seamlessly
integrated into the Trane Tracer™ centralized building automation system
(BAS)―giving users an integrated approach for implementing advanced control
strategies across lighting and HVAC systems.

“Building owners and managers want one easy-to-use system to monitor and
control the two biggest energy costs for commercial buildings—HVAC and
lighting,” says Jaime Irick, general manager for GE Lighting North America
Professional Solutions. “By integrating GE’s LightSweep solution into the
Trane Tracer system, the whole is more than the sum of the parts and offers a
window into improved energy management practices for facility professionals.”

GE’s LightSweep Modular Lighting Control Solution allows ‘on-off’, dimming,
group control and scheduling capabilities for indoor and outdoor lighting
systems. With the tight connectivity to Trane Tracer™, building managers can
perform all of these functions and pull energy usage reports remotely from a
Web browser. This same platform is compatible with heating and air
conditioning controls as well as other building systems.

Built on a modular platform, LightSweep allows for seamless upgrades to meet
the changing lighting control needs of a small office or global retailer.
Simple snap-in control modules can be factory pre-installed in panels or field
installed―either in existing panels as expansions or in remote locations for
localized control.

LightSweep’s CLCBnet controller provides integration with a building
management system using the BACnet protocol. This controller also provides
remote programmability and control, either through dedicated software or via a
Web browser.

Trane’s Tracer BAS is a high performance building automation system based on
open standards that integrates building systems for maximum operational and
energy efficiency. The feature-rich system has full mobile capability to allow
access and operation of the system from any laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Recently released smart phone applications put system control in the palm of
the user’s hand.

“Building owners have told us they are looking for one system rather than
several stand-alone systems to manage energy use and comfort,” said Dave
Regnery, president of Trane North America. “This new Trane solution makes it
easier for owners and managers to create an intelligent building—one that
integrates its systems in order to optimize performance.”

With this connectivity, building managers are able to monitor lighting and
HVAC schedules to ensure optimum energy efficiency. For example, if an office
uses sensors that are aware when occupants use a certain space, managers can
in turn use the software to monitor and analyze exactly how often the space is
used. These capabilities can help facility professionals better determine if
the office space needs expanded or repurposed for better utilization.

For more information about intelligent, integrated lighting controls and the
LightSweep/Tracer centralized building management solution, visit

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe,
comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and
industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®,
Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance
the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect
food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase
industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor
environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating
and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support
and advanced control. We are a $14 billion global business committed to
sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For
more information, visit

About GE Lighting

GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop
energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in
commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business
employs about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products
under the Reveal^® and Energy Smart^® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™,
Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™, Albeo™ and Tetra^® commercial brands, all
trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to
build a world that works better. For more information, visit

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